Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Former Delaware State star Candeloro takes football reins for Caesar Rodney

Former Delaware State Hornets All-American Named Head Coach at Caesar Rodney 

CAMDEN, Delaware -- Dan Candeloro remained patient and continued to gain experience as an assistant coach. Then, on Monday, he landed one of the premier high school football coaching jobs in Delaware.

The Caesar Rodney football team was assembled in the gym, and a loud cheer went up as Candeloro was announced as the Riders' new coach. He replaces Mike Schonewolf, who announced his retirement following last season but remains as CR's athletic director through the end of the school year.

"It's something I've been looking forward to, if given the opportunity," Candeloro said. "There are some big shoes to fill, a lot of questions to answer, a lot of work to be done. But I think we're ready to go."

The 50-year-old graduated from Dickinson High, then became one of the most decorated players in Delaware State's football history.


Morgan State Football Pro Day Set for April 1

BALTIMORE, Maryland – Darren Pinnock, the 2014 MEAC Offensive Lineman of the Year, will be among 13 Bears who will work out for pro scouts tomorrow morning.

The reigning MEAC co-champion Morgan State football program will hold its annual Pro Day on Wednesday, April 1 beginning at approximately 8 a.m. in Hill Field House.

"Pro days are about proving yourself, and I plan on doing my best and having fun," said Pinnock. "I have been training at Morgan while finishing up school. It's been challenging, but I feel ready."

Pro scouts will be on hand to evaluate a selection of MSU football seniors and former Bears as they go through a series of drills and workouts. The Bears will begin with leaping and bench evaluations in Hill Field House before moving into Hughes Stadium for speed and agility evaluations.

For more information, please stay tuned to MorganStateBears.com.


Nuggets Tame Lions, but Unbeaten Vanguard Men Defeat XU


COSTA MESA, California — Xavier University of Louisiana defeated Vanguard 8-1 in women's tennis Monday, but the XU men lost 6-3 to the Lions.

The Gold Nuggets (14-8), ranked seventh in the NAIA, are 3-0 against top-25 opponents during their trip to the Golden State. The Gold Rush (11-6) lost to fourth-ranked Vanguard (19-0) after beating top-10 teams Saturday and Sunday.

The XU women swept the doubles for the second consecutive day. They got doubles and singles victories from Caroline Vernet, Carmen Nelson and Simone-Alyse Ewell, all of whom defeated regionally ranked singles players.

Nelson clinched the dual and stretched her singles win streak to a season-best four matches with her 6-0, 7-6 (7-3) victory against Ashley Wao-Udin. Sha'Nel Bruins won her sixth in a row, 7-5, 6-1 against Brooke Ferslov-Jensen.

At the top flight, Vernet and Ewell defeated Sarah Edwards and Nataliya Yamkova 8-3. Vernet earned consecutive doubles victories for the first time since Feb. 7-8.

Vanguard's women are 5-12 and ranked 15th.

In the men's dual, Vanguard opted to start with singles matches — and won 5-of-6. Manav Chakma earned the lone Gold Rush victory, a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 decision against Michael Rjazanov, who was 12-1 this semester.

Xavier's Nikita Soifer and Tushar Mandlekar won first singles sets. Mandlekar had a match point at 5-4 in the second set before losing 3-6, 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 to Filip Burnac. Adam Albrecht led 4-3 in his first set and was serving for the second set at 5-4 before losing 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) to Daymon Johnson.

Nour Abbes

Vanguard's top three singles players, Stefan Kilchhofer, Fabio Silva and Roger Muri, improved their spring records to a combined 53-0 by beating Kyle Montrel, Soifer and Jordan Harrell.

Silva (19-0) beat Soifer 3-6, 6-1, 6-2. Kilchhofer, ranked third in the NAIA, is 16-0 after beating Montrel 6-3, 6-3. Muri is 18-0 after defeating Harrell 6-1, 6-1.

Then the Gold Rush won 2-of-3 doubles matches, and not all the Vanguard streaks survived. Mandlekar and Chakma beat Silva and Burnac 8-3, the Lions' first loss of the season at No. 2. Burnac entered 17-0.

Kevin Chaouat and Albrecht defeated Johnson and Rjazanov 8-3 at the third flight. But Montrel and Soifer, the NAIA's sixth-ranked doubles team, lost for the third consecutive day, this time 8-6 to third-ranked Kilchhofer and Muri.

"A very close match on the men's side," XU coach Alan Green said. "We had chances to win the thing, but it wasn't to be."

Both Xavier teams will conclude their trip by playing Lewis-Clark State at 10 a.m. PDT Tuesday at Biola University in La Mirada. Both LC State teams are ranked 19th in the NAIA. The Rush and Nuggets will fly home Tuesday evening.

NOTES: The Nuggets are 4-2 this season against ranked NAIA opponents, and the Rush are 6-2 . . . The Nuggets have won 10 of their last 13 duals . . . New NAIA coaches polls will be announced Tuesday afternoon . . . Vanguard announced March 5 that it will discontinue men's and women's tennis after the 2014-15 academic year.

Caroline Vernet

Women's Tennis Results
Xavier 8, Vanguard 1

Monday, March 30, 2015
Costa Mesa Tennis Center, Costa Mesa, Calif.

No. 1 — Caroline Vernet - Simone-Alyse Ewell (XU) d. Sarah Edwards-Nataliya Yamkova (VU) 8-3.
No. 2 — Nour Abbes-Carmen Nelson (XU) d. Gabrielle Alford - Brooke Ferslov-Jensen (VU) 8-6.
No. 3 — Brion Flowers-Brandi Nelson (XU) d. Ashley Wao-Udin-Michaele Sullivan (VU) 8-2.

No. 1 — Caroline Vernet (XU) d. Sarah Edwards (VU) 6-1, 6-0.
No. 2 — Carmen Nelson (XU) d. Ashley Wao-Udin (VU) 6-0, 7-6 (7-3).
No. 3 — Simone-Alyse Ewell (XU) d. Gabrielle Alford (VU) 6-1, 6-3.
No. 4 — Sha'Nel Bruins (XU) d. Brooke Ferslov-Jensen (VU) 7-5, 6-1.
No. 5 — Jana van der Walt (XU) d. Michaele Sullivan (VU) 3-6, 6-0, 1-0 (10-8).
No. 6 — Nataliya Yamkova (VU) d. Dasia Harris (XU) 6-4, 6-4.

Order of Finish: Doubles — 3, 1, 2. Singles — 1, 2, 6, 4, 3, 5.
Records: Xavier 14-8, Vanguard 5-12.

Men's Tennis Results
Vanguard 6, Xavier 3

Monday, March 30, 2015
Costa Mesa Tennis Center, Costa Mesa, Calif.

No. 1 — Stefan Kilchhofer (VU) d. Kyle Montrel (XU) 6-3, 6-3.
No. 2 — Fabio Silva (VU) d. Nikita Soifer (XU) 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.
No. 3 — Roger Muri (VU) d. Jordan Harrell (XU) 6-1, 6-1.
No. 4 — Filip Burnac (VU) d. Tushar Mandlekar (XU) 3-6, 7-6 (8-6), 7-5.
No. 5 — Daymon Johnson (VU) d. Adam Albrecht (XU) 6-4, 7-6 (7-4).
No. 6 — Manav Chakma (XU) d. Michael Rjazanov (VU) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.

No. 1 — Stefan Kilchhofer-Roger Muri (VU) d. Kyle Montrel-Nikita Soifer (XU) 8-6.
No. 2 — Tushar Mandlekar-Manav Chakma (XU) d. Fabio Silva-Filip Burnac (VU) 8-3.
No. 3 — Kevin Chaouat-Adam Albrecht (XU) d. Daymon Johnson-Michael Rjazanov (VU) 8-3.

Order of Finish: Singles — 3, 1, 2, 6, 5, 4. Doubles — 2, 3, 1.
Records: Xavier 11-6, Vanguard 19-0.

Ed Cassiere, Sports Information Director

FAMU Rattlers Making Progress



Bryant's dream of playing Division 1 football comes true at MVSU

ITTA BENA, Mississippi -- When thinking about playing college football, Lucas Bryant’s approach followed the adage ‘go big or go home.’

The Jefferson County High School senior offensive lineman decided if he couldn’t play Division 1 football, he wouldn’t play at all.

When D1-AA Mississippi Valley State University came calling this spring, Bryant’s lofty goal began to unfold in front of his eyes.

“It just all seems like its going to work out for me,” Bryant said at a signing last Wednesday. “I was planning on not playing if it wasn’t division one.”

The 6’4” 360-pound lineman was recruited by a senior player of the MSVU squad and then received his only Division 1 offer from the Delta Devils.

Bryant has been a force on the Jefferson County offensive line for the past two seasons, and he hopes to continue that level of play in MSVU’s Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) this fall.


Monday, March 30, 2015

History made: FAMU Wind Symphony becomes first HBCU ensemble to play Carnegie Hall

FAMU Wind Symphony has been invited to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in 2016.

NEW YORK, New York -- It’s official. Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) Wind Symphony makes history Sunday becoming the first classical ensemble from a historically Black college or university (HBCU) to perform at Carnegie Hall and is on its way to the Kennedy Center in 2016.

The ensemble performed to a mostly full house Sunday at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Dr. Shelby Chipman, associate professor and director of symphonic bands at FAMU.

“This is an opportunity for us to perform on a main stage that’s incomparable to any stage in the world,” Chipman said. “The students have been working very diligently the last couple of months.

Performing a 40-minute set featuring five pieces, the nearly 60-member wind symphony played Donald Hunberger’s arrangement of John Williams' "Star Wars Trilogy," the powerful composition "Cloudburst" and Bob Lowden’s rousing "Dixieland Jam" which featured several soloists in the band and audience participation.

A highlight of the concert was the wind symphony’s finale, David Maslanka’s "Symphony No. 7, Mvt. III." To prepare for the performance, Maslanka Skyped in during rehearsals to help the band with the intricate piece.


3 storylines to watch as Bethune-Cookman’s football team opens spring practice

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida -- There will be plenty to keep an eye on when the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats step on the field today for their first spring practice.

It will be Terry Sims’ first practice after replacing Brian Jenkins, who left for Alabama State in December, as the team’s head coach.

And it’s the beginning of a trek that could lead, provided B-CU can win the MEAC, to the newly created Celebration Bowl on Dec. 19 in Atlanta.

Here are a few story lines to watch as practice begins:

1. Eyes on the QBs
It will be interesting to see how Sims handles the quarterback position. Quentin Williams returns for his final season after passing for 1,426 yards and seven touchdowns last season, but Larry Brihm, an athletic player who will be a redshirt sophomore, came on late last year and passed for 491 yards and four touchdowns.

2. The top target